Having a lack of evidence after a crash, and whilst making an insurance claim, can be the deciding factor for whether the claim goes in your favour or the other party’s. We’re checking out the Nextbase 412GW dash cam today, which is capable of capturing 1440p High Definition video at 30 frames per second. With the addition of built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, to track and record the location and force data of a specific clip, the Nextbase 412GW dash cam could be the best piece of equipment you purchase for your car. Let’s take a closer look.
Nextbase offer a range of dash cameras, with the lower-end models retailing for around £45 and the upper-end at around the £200 mark. The 412GW is one of the mid-range models, retailing for £116 at the time of this article.
The 412GW sports a black rounded rectangular design, which accommodates a decent-sized 3-inch LED display and a range of touch-based buttons surrounding it.
A plethora of ports are available, including a microUSB port for connecting to your PC and also for charging, a mini HDMI port, a microSD slot (32GB max capacity) and there’s also a built-in microphone and AV out jack on the top.
A powered magnetic-based mounting system, exclusive to Nextbase dash cams, is featured on the 412GW. This system allows for super-quick installation in your car and saves messing around with suction cups each time you want to record your travels.
Moving on to the camera, which is certainly one of the better cameras on a device of this price point. The Nextbase 412GW is capable of capturing a 140 degree view whilst recording, and also has the capability of recording in 1440p High Definition at 30 frames per second. Using this option will obviously use slightly more space on your microSD card, so there is also the option to use lower resolutions, such as 1080p HD at 60 frames per second or 720p, if necessary.
- Exclusive Powered Magnetic Click & Go mount for easy installation in the vehicle
- Instant evidence to support insurance claims to help prove an incident was not your fault
- 140 degree wide angle view with QUAD 1440p High Definition recording at 30 fps
- High frame rate option of 60fps recording at FULL 1080p HD
- Ultra clear 3.0” LED display for ease of playback and menu selection
- Inbuilt Wi-Fi to share your footage directly with your mobile via Nextbase Cam Viewer app
- Super slimline design – Dimensions 10.9 x 5 x 1.8 cm (W x H x D) (37mm incl. lens)
- Six-Element Sharp Lenses made with 6 layers of glass to provide stunning clear images
- GPS receiver and G sensor to record location and force data
- Inbuilt battery with up to 30 minute backup in the event of an accident
- Easy to install with 4m 12v power cable and Click & Go powered window mount included
- SOS data protection prevents the impact/ event recording from being deleted
- Supports SDHC Micro SD cards (not included) up to 32GB
- microUSB to USB charging cable
- Car mounting system w/ GPS receiver
- 4m 12v power cable for charging in car
Installation & Testing
Setting up the Nextbase 412GW Dash Cam is incredibly easy. It’s more or less ready-to-go out of the box, however a simple tap of the menu button will bring up a range of different settings to customise. These include:
Resolution, Exposure, Audio Recording, Number Plate, Video Length, Parking Mode, Rotate Display, Time & Date Stamp, Speed Stamp, GPS Location Stamp & G Sensor settings.
And then on the device menu you’ve got the option to to turn Wi-Fi on / off, format the SD card, set the time / date, timezone, language, speed units, screen saver, device sounds, auto power, system info and restore to default settings.
Your chosen setup options will display along the top of the screen, with the battery level, recording time and todays date being shown along the bottom of the screen.
The power button is obviously the button featuring the power symbol, and below this you’ve got the up and down arrows which also act as a microphone silencer and a button to turn the display off whilst recording, respectively.
You can turn Wi-Fi mode on by holding the lower left button for a couple of seconds. You’ll then be shown the SSID of the 412GW and the password to connect to it on your smartphone. Using the Nextbase Cam Viewer app you’ll be able to playback videos and save the videos to your device for viewing later – a handy tool for those of you on the go or if you need to download a video to send to someone as evidence.
The Wi-Fi button also acts as a video saving feature, during recordings, which allows you to save a video and make sure that it is not overwritten once the microSD card becomes full.
The “ok” button is simply the button for selecting options, and also the button for manually starting a recording.
Pressing the “mode” button will switch between recording mode, camera mode for taking quick snapshots of an accident you may be involved in, and the image/video browser.
Installation in my car was incredibly simple. It was just a case of securing the window mount to the windscreen. Thankfully the mount uses a locking suction cup mechanism, which helps secure the suction cup in place on the window. I’ve found on previous mounting systems for various devices that the suction cup alone is not sufficient, so the locking mechanism is great to see.
Apart from this, the only other step needed is to plug the car charger in to your 12v cigarette lighter and away you go. The 4m length of the cable is incredibly handy, and also allows for some slight cable management if you’re that way inclined.
This sample video of the Nextbase 412GW dash cam recording quality was recorded using a resolution of 1080p at 60 frames per second. The video quality at 1440p, whilst very detailed, did not provide as smooth of a video as I’d have liked considering how bumpy and pot hole-filled the roads are around where I live. I did find that the 1440p resolution worked very well on motorways and dual-carriageways though.
As you can see, the video quality is rather impressive and the colours are both bright and fairly vibrant for a dash cam.
Obviously this isn’t a high-end DSLR, so the still image quality isn’t going to be amazing. For the purposes of collecting evidence the camera is definitely sufficient, however it does lack the ability to focus on objects and from my experience with the 412GW you can get within around 30-40cm of an object before it starts to lose focus. This isn’t bad at all, to be honest, and for the most part you probably won’t even need to use the camera-taking feature unless collecting evidence when involved in a crash.
For the most part the Nextbase 412GW Dash Cam has been a pleasure to use and test. The only issue I’ve found is that the G sensor appears to be quite sensitive, which you could view as both handy and annoying. Handy due to definitely knowing that the camera would turn itself on in the event of an accident. Annoying because it only takes a slight movement for the dash cam to turn itself on, meaning that transporting the camera on your person means you’ll end up with a fair few videos of the inside of your pocket.
All of the GPS information, including location and speed, is incredibly accurate and would be vital if being used as evidence in either an insurance claim or civil matter.
The 412GW also has a 30 minute backup battery, in the event of an accident and power to the device has been lost. I, thankfully, didn’t need to use this during testing, however I can confirm that there is indeed 30 minutes of extra battery life when no power is present.
Being the tech savvy person I am I’m always looking for something new to add to my car, be it music related or now camera related. The Nextbase 412GW is the perfect addition for anyone who wishes to keep records of incidents or even, with todays YouTube generation, start a vlog up on YouTube.
With a current retail price of just over the £100 mark the Nextbase 412GW is an incredible bit of kit that doesn’t break the bank.
The ability to adjust the resolution, according to your needs, is also great. Just to note, the file size of each 3 minute video clip (recorded at 1080p / 60fps) was just above 300mb. Obviously reducing the resolution / frame rate to 720p will help bring that size down if you plan on regularly uploading to YouTube, however if you’re purely looking to keep a record of trips taken in your car then I’d opt for selecting either the 1080p / 60fps or the 1440p / 30fps option.
The only bad point I found, as previously noted, was the sensitivity of the G sensor and how it could be seen as annoying for it to be activated so easily when it isn’t present in the vehicle. However, this won’t be a massive issue if the dash cam is left in your car.
Overall, the Nextbase 412GW Dash Cam has been an absolute joy to use, and is relatively inexpensive for the features that are included such as GPS, Wi-Fi sharing, and ultra-clear 3-inch display, 140 degree wide angle view and a massive 1440p HD recording option.
If you’d like to pick up the Nextbase 412GW you can do so by heading over to the Halfords website.